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Something Blue

Photo from my Here Comes The Bride Pinterest. Click gown for more inspirations.
Photo from my Here Comes The Bride Pinterest. Click gown for more inspirations.

Over forty years ago, I attended the wedding of my friend’s older sister. I’ll never forget the gasps when Marget walked down the aisle. Her custom gown was BLUE! The whispers flew around the church. What does blue mean? She must not be a virgin. What was she thinking? To me it was the most surprisingly gorgeous dress I had ever seen and I secretly envied her sophisticated glamor.

Blue, in all its shades, has long been a choice for bridesmaids dresses. And I am happy to see bridal gowns of color becoming more fashionable in the last few years. Blush and pink continue to be frontrunners but 2015 promises some new hues for the bride. Meanwhile, take a peek at the two Tiffany blue inspired gowns from the Nicole 2015 collection. Here’s to you, blue!

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Bling is IN for Brides

adorned in graceAccording to Portland area seamstress, Krysti Emerson, 2014 brides will be showing a lot of bling. In addition, lace will be making a resurgence in popularity. Krysti specializes in wedding gown alterations and design and has seen the trends come and go over the years. One thing that never goes out of style is making each bride feel special. Custom orders, adding a corset back, putting in a sweetheart neckline … whatever it takes to create the perfect look. Kristi’s motto would seem to be “Anything is doable.” And I love how she takes the mystery out of alterations by including a detailed price list on her website, Behind The Seams. NOTE: Kristi is also committed to causes. Find her newest bling sashes (shown here) at Adorned in Grace, the nonprofit bridal shop promoting prevention and awareness of human trafficking.

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Call for Brides

save the dateStill have your wedding gown? How’d you like to walk down the aisle one more time in a beautiful setting … and then donate your gown to a great cause? I’m looking for brides size 2 to 22 and ages 18 to 80 to participate in a unique bridal fashion show at The Historic Old Church next February. I’ll be emceeing the show on behalf of Adorned in Grace, the nonprofit bridal shop dedicated to eliminating human trafficking. Interested? Contact me via email or call 503-263-5229 for details. Help keep the love flowing … I promise you a fun experience and warm thanks from a great group of caring hearts.

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PDX Designer Creates Bridal Fashion

sarah sevenFor a high taste of unique beauty, it’s hard to beat Sarah Seven. Her bridal and ready wear fashions make a statement that say original loud and clear. Visiting her flagship store in NE PDX is like stepping into a time capsule when fabric mattered and detail reigned supreme. Known for her vintage inspired designs, Sarah Seven offers one-of-a-kind gowns as well as select favorites in her permanent collection. And her short dress creations offer lots of options for bridesmaids (I’m drawn to Mrs. Black from the Fall 2012 collection). Viewing is by appointment only or you can see her international collection online at Sarah Seven.

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Vintage Love

Whether you are choosing your wedding gown, bridesmaid dresses or a wow outfit for the honeymoon, vintage is always in style. Fun, eco friendly and kind to the budget, vintage dresses offer plenty of eye and purse appeal. And sizing is usually generous which doesn’t hurt either. Shop your local resale and consignment stores for vintage finds or look online for some great deals. Etsy has a vintage category showcasing items from jewelry to gowns. Another favorite is Light in the box which offers vintage inspired dresses at bargain prices.

If you want to kick it up a notch, check out Rent the runway. Select your size, fabric color and the date of your event and shop from hundreds of celebrity designer fashions. I love that you can view the gowns from all angles AND they ship a backup size just in case. You have to provide your email address to get on the site but it’s worth it just to see the possibilities. A recent offering, for example, a Roaring 20’s blush silk gown by Narciso Rodriguez which retails for $2300 but rents for $300. Note: Sizes tend to be limited to smaller gals. LOTS of great jewelry and accessory options. Getting ready for the big day? How you say “I DO” does matter. Contact Jane Green for your perfect ceremony.

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Bridal Gown Deals

Searching for a bridal gown? Mindful of your budget? Check out the super deal on NEW gowns at the Discovery Shop in Vancouver, WA. Over 100 gowns were donated to the little resale store that supports the big mission of the American Cancer Society. Sizes range from 6 to 18 and include styles from Jessica McClintock, Monique Luo and more. There are also some “worn once” gowns at terrific savings. Original retail prices starting at $800 into the thousands – yours for $100 to $150. The shop needs to clear floor space so get there soon. Find your dream gown and support a super cause. Now that’s a happy ending! The ACS Discovery Shop is located at 2011 Main St., Vancouver, WA. Open until 4:30 M-F and 4:00 on Sat. Closed Sun. 360-695-8215. You may want to call ahead to inquire about gowns as they have more off site. Click here for information on the American Cancer Society.
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What’s Your Fairytale?

Disney (as in amusement parks and movie studios) collaborated with Alfred Angelo and introduced their first Fairy Tale Wedding line in Chicago in 2010. Using classic animated stories for inspiration, the gowns evoked the essence of princesses everywhere. What a great way to blend beloved childhood stories with your own happy ending. Are you a Jasmine or a Cinderella? Maybe a Belle? I’ve always been partial to Sleeping Beauty. View the new 2012 collection to find your favorite and here’s to happily ever after.

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Pick This Dress!

 One flight up and down the hall  – beautiful gowns await you. You’d never guess from the unassuming exterior on NW 17th that such splendor exists – so close yet a world apart from the Glisan traffic. Divine Designs has created an intimate and lovely experience for the bride to be and her lucky shopping companions.  Terra cotta walls and arched doorways, comfortable seating and spacious rooms and we haven’t even gotten to the dresses yet!  Bridal gown experts personally guide you through the selection process bringing out breathtaking choices one by one from their magical backroom.  It’s such a better way to view gowns – much less overwhelming than trying to wade through a sea of satin on your own. 

You will find the very latest in bridal designs with gowns starting at $2,000. The shop also carries a selection of bridesmaids and mother of the bride gowns.  I can’t imagine a more lovely way to spend a few hours.  Be sure to include this one on your “must call” list when you start looking for THE one.

 Happy shopping, ladies!